Merkel: Coalition won't fall apart due to dispute over top spy

Merkel: Coalition won’t fall apart due to dispute over top spy

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that the German coalition government would not fall apart due to a dispute between her conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) partners over the future of the domestic intelligence chief.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a statement in Vilnius, Lithuania September 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

The SPD wants to fire Hans-Georg Maassen, who has been widely criticized since a newspaper interview last week in which he questioned the authenticity of video footage showing right-wing extremists hounding migrants. Conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has stood by Maassen.

Reporting by Andrius Sytas; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Joseph Nasr

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